The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

by Paul Kengor


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The worst idea in history is back.

Communism has wrecked national economies, enslaved whole peoples, and killed more than a hundred million men and women. What's not to like?

Too many young Americans are supporting communism. Millennials prefer socialism to capitalism, and 25 percent have a positive view of Lenin. One in four Americans believe that George W. Bush killed more people than Josef Stalin. And 69 percent of Millennials would vote for a socialist for president.

They ought to know better. Communism is the most dangerous idea in world history, producing dire poverty, repression, and carnage wherever it has been tried. And no wonder—because communism flatly denies morality, human nature, and basic facts. But it's always going to be different this time.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, renowned scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor unmasks communism, exposing the blood-drenched history—and dangerously pervasive influence—of the world's worst ideology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621575870
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Series: The Politically Incorrect Guides
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 421,078
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Paul Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College, visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, director of the Center for Vision & Values, and the bestselling author of numerous books including Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Educating for Ignorance 1

"Glee meets the Russian Revolution" 2

The "Softer Side" of Communism 4

Chapter 2 How Many People Have These Bastards Killed? 9

Counting the Bodies 11

Odious Comparisons 13

Chapter 3 When and Where It All Began 17

Forerunners 17

Marx the Moocher 23

Abolishing the Family 28

Chapter 4 The Communist Program-and its Problems 31

An Ideal, a Program, and a Regime 34

All Proletarians Are Equal, but Some Proletarians Are Less Equal Than Others 38

Abolishing the Present State of Things 39

Atrocities with No Shame 44

Chapter 5 Bolshevik Brutes 47

Keeper of the Flame 49

Communism in Practice 56

"A Fight to the Death" 57

The Founding Father of Soviet Terror 61

Chapter 6 The Comintern: Taking the Revolution to the World 67

Communism, American-Style 70

Stalin's Hollywood Stooges 77

Working for a "Soviet America" 80

Chapter 7 Uncle Joe 87

Duped by a Dictator 94

The Cold War 99

Captive Nations 106

Death Comes for the Dictator 111

Chapter 8 Mao and Other Monsters: Communism Assaults Asia 115

Cheerleader for the Chairman 115

Red Chinese Butcher's Bill 117

Korea and the Kims 119

Vietnam 129

The Killing Fields of Cambodia 139

Chapter 9 Meet Fidel and Che, Two Vicious Commie Nuts Who Wanted to Blow Up the World 143

Launching the Revolution 143

Fidel's Pal at the New York Times 144

Victory Lap in Manhattan 148

Cold-Blooded Killer 150

America: The Great Enemy of Mankind 154

The Cuban Missile Crisis 155

Everlasting Icon to the Left 159

Castro's Corpses 161

Chapter 10 "21st Century Socialism" (Read: Communism) 165

By Any Other Name 165

A Dime's Worth of Difference 167

The Difficulties of Definition 171

The Latest Model 175

Put Marx in Your Head, Young Man 177

It Happens Every Time 178

All the Right Friends 180

"I Am a Trotskyist" 182

The Knockout Punch 183

Communism Kills 188

Chapter 11 Why Doesn't Everybody Know Communism's Appalling Track Record? 193

Feeling the Bern 193

Educating for Hate 198

Dewey's Children 199

Dewey's "Impressions" 204

The Testimony of Bella Dodd 206

Education Comrades 209

Dewey's Ghost 214

Chapter 12 Cultural Marxism and the New Left 217

The Frankfurt School 217

Antonio Gramsci 222

Cultural Marxism Comes to America 225

The Wretched World of Wilhelm Reich 226

Herbert Marcuse and the New Left 229

Walter Benjamin 232

The Frankfurt School's Intellectual Godchildren 234

"We Sh-t on All Your Conventional Values" 237

Teaching Revolution 240

Chapter 13 Communism Today 249

Revolutionary Communists 249

"Progressives" (Read: Communists) for Obama 252

Democratic Socialists, Socialist-Friendly Democrats 258

CPUSA Today 259

The Seventeenth International Meeting 267

"How to Better Unite the Left" 272

Fundamental Transformation 274

Chapter 14 Commies Just Love Blacks and Women 279

Race-Baiting in Pursuit of Revolution 280

Not a New Strategy 281

Lovett Fort-Whiteman: "The Reddest of the Blacks"-and the Deadest 283

A Soviet-American "Negro Republic" 284

Saluting the Scottsboro Boys 287

Black Lives Matter 289

Confederate Flag, No-Red Flag, Yes 291

Down with the Patriarchy! 293

"If Hell Really Exists… We Saw Its Image" 296

Chapter 15 Stupidity on Parade 305

American Education, or Chicom Agitprop? 308

Putting a Sunny Face on Oppression 311

Wait, Stalin Liberated Normandy? 313

How We Lost the Cold War, After All 314

Acknowledgments 321

Notes 325

Index 373

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